Sunday, October 30, 2011

MEMA: The First Day Impression (another long overdue post)

Orchard boulevard had never looked that pretty, there were aquamarine-shaded banners waving along the road that day. My roommate and I were in separate busses when we noticed what were written on them: Maritime Experiential Museum and Aquarium opens this coming October 15.

Both of us are obsessed with the marine world. She loves dolphins, I love sharks, we both love whales to a certain extent. The difference is, the roommate, an aspiring marine biologist wannabe -  dreams to take a plunge into the deep to swim with dolphins, and I, suffer from a mild gaelophobia, and the bravest things I've done is visiting the Sea World tunnel.

How do you know it is safe? Remember Jaws 3D.

Well back to MEMA, we went home to excitedly tell each other about the big news. It sounded like a place to explore the ocean without getting submerged (without the risk of sharks encounter). We did a little research to find out more about the museum, didn't find much, so we decided just to go. We woke up so early that Saturday, the 15th day of October - too thrilled to be among the first to witness what was claimed to be the "multi-sensory"first in Singapore yada-yada museum.

We tried finding more info at the visitor center of where on the island the museum is exactly located, or at least at which station we should alight, and there was no indication of any attraction grand opening, no brochures, even the staff at the Sentosa express gate didn't seem to know such museum existed.

"Waterfront station," Answered the staff before we even said a word.

"Oh no, not Universal Studios, the Maritime Museum,"

"Huh? What museum?"

"The Maritime museum?"

After around 5 seconds of awkward silence, the uncertain-looking staff told us to alight at Imbiah station.

That wasn't a good impression you know. Yea maybe because it's the opening day, the museum was still new, but if even the staff were not aware about it, it suggested that the museum's not a big deal, at least for Sentosa people.

Alright, we boarded the Sentosa express, alighted at the Imbiah station, we couldn't find any signs of the museum's existence. So tried seeking info from the staff in a ticket box, same thing happened, "What museum?"

"Err..the Maritime museum?" we started thinking that the whole museum thing is a joke. And it wasn't even April.

"Oh it's not opened yet,"

So it was a joke. But we had not given up, our last attempt was to ask a senior staff in the same ticket box, this time the question was more direct. "The Maritime museum, it's supposed to open today right?"

Finally somebody knew. "Yes it opens today,"

"How to get there?"

"That side," the staff pointed another side of Sentosa. We should have alighted at the Waterfront station.

When we got there, the museum was still closed for public, they were having the guest of honor thingy going on, so we're obviously not going to be the first visitors, of course. 2 presenters were talking out loud about the museum's grand opening to lure passerby to get in, and somebody approached us and asked whether we want to answer some questions for free tickets to the museum.

I was like, oh an interview? Alright, let's go. But we're about to be 'interviewed', we realized that it would be a quiz, not an interview. And we weren't listening. How could we possibly answer the question?

As we were getting ready to embarass ourselves, the presenter throw us the most difficult question of our lifetime.

"What kind of vehicle did Cheng Ho use to reach Southeast Asia few centuries ago?" a)train, b) plane, and c) ship.




We both looked at each other. "Ship." I tried really hard not to say 'duh' after that.

Anyway, free ticket!
To the museum and some theater. 

Err. Maritime Experiential and Museum and Aquarium. By name we should have known that the museum isn't as oceanic as we expected. The word 'aquarium' was the trap. And you know what THE AQUARIUM WASN'T OPENED YET. Gyaaaaaahhhh!!!

You'd like the museum only if you're an Asian maritime history enthusiast. Otherwise, you'll get bored within 15 minutes. This was no Pirates of the Caribbean. We really hoped the typhoon theater thingy will save the day. 

Basically it's about a Chinese sinking ship, I forgot what's the name of the expedition, I wasn't even sure if the journey was real or famous haha. There's a short preview about the background of the story, basically the ship sinks because of men's miscalculation, over confidence, and the opposite. The actors looked pretty gallant in the yoko outfits, but one thing for Lasalle graduands, or maybe it's just me, haha, I couldn't help wondering if the actors playing for local attractions like this, are maybe from Lasalle's acting faculty. So it was harder for them to be believable playing the characters. To me. Who is suspecting they're the kids from my school.

The theater's apparently a sinking ship simulator - cool. There's disappointingly no safety belt attached to the seats, so we assumed they're gonnabe stationary. But when the door's closed, the theater floor started to descend and we got super excited yeay! And here comes the typhoon. Real splashes of water. But the seats didn't move! Apparently descending was the only kind of movement.

Well, the ship sank. The entire theater descended to the sea floor. It was actually pretty cool, it just that we expected the seats to throw us here and there, just like a 4D theater would do. The exit door opened and boom, we're in the ground floor. As we walked out the museum through a dark blue tunnel that could be the upcoming aquarium, we muttered to each other, 

"untung gratis,"

Sleeping Matters. A Jealousy-based Post.

Some people, like the roommate are just gifted. To sleep. The lucky, talented ones who are able to go blank within minutes or even seconds. And they can do it everywhere: in the car, plane, train, sofa, office, everywhere. That’s definitely something to be jealous of.

I can do that occasionally when I’m very, very exhausted, but there are also random periods of giving up after 3 hours of tossing and turning, tired of prolonged attempts to shut the brain down, looking at the roommate and wonder how she did it.

And I’d usually ask her in the morning. “Did you sip my ability to sleep last night?”

And we’d laugh. She didn’t know I was serious. Until she reads this post.

Sometimes it’s over-excitement. Sometimes it’s caffeine. Sometimes it’s my arch-enemy –MIGRAINE, but sometimes it just happens. Ngyah, nothing to do with anxiety or excitement. And at times, THAT happens when I have to get up early in the morning.

So typically, after like 3 hours of (finally) sleeping, I would get up – weeping over the lost precious hours.

And the roommate would say something like. “Wow I literally just slept for 10 hours”. Then she would continue sleeping. I wonder how. Howwww.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Feeling a Little Blue

One of the BBB,B (British BoyBands, Blue) made a nostalgic appearance last week at Ion Orchard.
Well, they're not 90's. I guess early 2000's is still okay. 

 and *LEE. RYAN*, they have a Lee Ryan.

Saturday, October 22, 2011


Well I hope the society will forgive me for not loving animals. For not adoring dogs. I prefer human beings, thank you.

So that day we were discussing about alternative places to go on weekends, because we're bored with weekly trips to Orchard. I was sorta excited until the roommate mentioned ZOO.

Aaaaiiiyo come on. But (haha) how do I say no to that face? And yea maybe a trip to a man-made (of course lah, I mean not the 'jungle' ones) zoo couldn't be that bad. And I love the long bus ride all the way to the zoo. And I miss seeing real crocodiles with my very eyes anyway!

Well it's actually quite wet and humid because it was raining just before we got there - wet land scares me! I really prayed that I wouldn't encounter any worms or centipedes or caterpillars or anything from their gang, thank God I didn't, although the snake prints on the ground really gave me an out-of-nowhere jolt. Overally did I enjoy the trip? Yes, I actually saw majestic creatures, interesting scenes, and some JAW DROPPING ANIMAL BEHAVIORs, and I got to see the crocodiles! Would I go there again? No. Not in the near future at least.

But I would definitely visit the River Safari when it opens next year! *sharks*please*

Anyway here are some scenes from the Singapore Zoo:

The Rhinobutt

Evil face!

This isn't a Panda.
I don't know which one is the face.

Can you see 2 frogs within the frame?


Wow, talking about elegance.

There's no male lion in the Singapore Zoo.
There's no male lion in the Singapore Zoo.
There's no male lion in the Singapore Zoo!!!


Majestic Monkey.
It looks like a guru.

Ahaaa a baby!

More butts.



Even more butts.


For the grand finale: more butts.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Race Day!

Every September, these 3 girls will gather in Singapore for the
ear-splitting experience of speed, precision, bright lights, and pretty faces!

Annual pose.

As usual, although the race started at 8, walkabout ticket holders like us would have to be on stand by from around 3PM to secure front row seats haha. We found a perfect standing area last year, just in front of a turn, beside a grandstand (there's a big screen for each grandstand). So you'll get to see the cars slowing down + know what's going on. This year, the screen was shifted a little further away from us + the gap between our seats and the fence got larger. Hmmh.

While we were 'fresh' enough to smile. I'm telling you 3o minutes
after the pics were taken we're already like GRAAAAAHHH
due to heat + long wait + incorrect sitting position.
Photos courtesy of Iveta.

I don't know why the waiting time felt horribly longer than last year.
Probably because we no longer had an ESSAY to write by the circuit? :p

When the *drum rolls* DRIVERS' PARADE finally started, we had 2 options: to leave the seats, stand and lean on the fence for better vision on those faces, or to sit down, keeping our seats. As expected of course we chose the 1st option. Let others take our seats. So we sacrificed the front row. Sat on the second row when the race started, but tsk all we could see is bule's butts, so we had to stand up if we want to watch the race, aaaaaalllll the way until the last lap. That's what I meant by "the gap between our seats and the fence got significantly larger".

Do ya'll understand that?

Now I realized why last year's F1 experience was superb: great seats, prominent spot, perfectly visible screen, impressive actions - great race! And we got to see all those while sitting down! Nah this year, even the race was boring. No Hamilton walking in front of us after a crash.

Have I mentioned that my drivers' parade photos were all blurry?

Anyway the race might be boring, but the next bash is fantastically the opposite!

You know what, if you proceed to the concert venue right after the circuit
gates are open, you'll have the chance to get fanzone bans, and we got them!

For Linkin Park!!!!!!!!!!

Woo-hoo what an experience! Watching the show from the fan zone was such a privilege :D And they're awesome, really. We actually planned to leave earlier to avoid human-jam, but we couldn't, because they're too awesome! Almost as awesome as Muse, almost. They performed almost all the hits I think, our favorite moments were when Numb and In The End happened.

And I didn't know Mike Shinoda's that charming in person.

Brad Delson

Mike Shinoda and...Mr Hahn!!!

Chester Bennington (try pronouncing with Batak aksen)

They use black and white screen plus LinkinPark-sy graphics,
it actually looked cooler that way.

Oh about drivers sighting, hmm. Actually Schumi made an appearance in Paragon and Mas Jensen in Ion, but both happened on the convo day! Aiyoh. We only went to Senna and Grosjean meet and greet - (well, his last name is Senna!!!), took great pics like this:

And Grosjean was spotted buying a cup of Starbucks before the race, nobody seemed to notice him, hmmh Singapore is a great place to chase celebrities, not much enthusiasm. Oh and we also caught a glimpse of Sir Richard Branson earlier in Marina Square!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

The Most Terrifying Song. Ever.

I never wished to be able to sing this song by heart,
what does Charlie Brown say about unrequited love?



Dasar buaya.

Baby, it's Cold Outside

I really can't stay - Baby it's cold outside
I've got to go away - Baby it's cold outside
This evening has been... - Been hoping that you'd drop in very nice - I'll hold your hands, they're just like ice
My mother will start to worry - Beautiful, what's your hurry?
My father will be pacing the floor - Listen to the fireplace roar
So really I'd better scurry - Beautiful, please don't hurry
Well maybe just a half a drink more - Put some music on while I pour

The neighbors might think - Baby, it's bad out there
Say, what's in this drink - No cabs to be had out there
I wish I knew how - Your eyes are like starlight
To break the spell - I'll take your hat, your hair looks swell
I ought to say no, no, no, sir - Mind if I move closer
At least I'm gonna say that I tried - What's the sense in hurting my pride?
I really can't stay - Baby don't hold out
Ahh, but it's cold outside

I simply must go - Baby, it's cold outside
The answer is no - Ooh darling, it's cold outside
This welcome has been... - I'm lucky that you dropped in nice and warm - Look out the window at that storm
My sister will be suspicious - Man, your lips look delicious
My brother will be there at the door - Waves upon a tropical shore
My maiden aunt's mind is vicious - Gosh your lips are delicious
Well maybe just a half a drink more - Never such a blizzard before

I've got to go home - Oh, baby, you'll freeze out there
Say, lend me your coat - It's up to your knees out there
You've really been grand, - I thrill when you touch my hand
but don't you see - How can you do this thing to me?
There's bound to be talk tomorrow - Think of my life long sorrow,
At least there will be plenty implied - if you caught pneumonia and died
I really can't stay - Get over that hold out
Ahh, but it's cold outside
~by Frank Loesser

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Laskar Pelangi the Musical

I'm gonna apologize first for not jumping over the moon for the movie (seriously, gua ngantuk. Love the theme song tho), and oh I haven't read the book, sorry. Heard lotsa hoo-haa about the musical but too bad I wasn't in Jakarta back then. And they came to Singapore. Not very excited but we bought the tickets anyway.

That Saturday, I went to Esplanade not knowing that I would see such a magnificent performance.

Oh my, it was amazing. Like, you know, AMAZING. It's the stage, the music, THE CAST. Those child actors, I was speechless, I didn't know such talents, such voices, such confidence existed. It was them, really, it was THE kids.

I only found 2 flaws (sorry I know it's annoying, I'm just a sotoy girl with no right to criticize masterpiece but it's just a feedback for better future okay):

The song lyrics (maap ya Mbak Mira), hmmh, some of them still sound maksa, can't remember which songs, but I am sure if they were given more time to do further editing/refining, all the songs would be purrfect.

And the animated background. Yang ini please deh, I'm not apologizing for this. I'm not an animation expert but duh I can tell lah, come on. Gaya illustrasinya seringkali kontras banget sama the entire visual ambience. Contohnya pas mereka nyanyi tentang Lintang, trus backgroundnya animasi si Lintang lagi naik sepeda. Aduhh, miris, sorry to say, jelek banget. Hal-hal kayak gini ini bisa menghapus ingatan manis penonton soal indahnya Musikal Laskar Pelangi, that is definitely something we have to worry about.

Ok I'm done judging, back to admiration mode. Gak tau mo ngomong apalagi sih, tapi intinya standing ovation for the entire cast and crew for the hard work, Andrea Hirata for the story (tho I'm seriously not a fan of this guy), Erwin Gutawa for the delightful music (and emotional ups and downs), and Riri Riza, Mira Lesmana, Jay Subyakto, Toto Arto, and Hartati for the superb theatrical experience! Gw pengen lompat rasanya waktu Mbak Miles dan Mas Riri muncul pas curtain call!

Devina Siswanto, BA(Hons)

I once said one is still a student
until the day of mortarboards and sashes comes.
And it came. It really came :(

Well anyway, happy convocation day fellow Lasallians!
After this is what people call the real world.

Nduk pinjem fotonya dulu yah kamera gw dibawa balik ke Indo hahah.

My sweet colleagues :) Thank you for coming!

The graduates@Redhill

Saturday, October 1, 2011